Strawberry fields forever – Keeping things juicy all year round

This title tells you two things about me:
I love strawberries and I love The Beatles.

Now it is the season for strawberries, so I will put my questionable taste of music aside and talk about the gorgeous red sweetness that is this fruit.

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Living in the 21h century, you can get strawberries all year round.
But even if they look and smell like they should, the taste is only right for a short time.
So what about the other nine months of the year?
The answer is simple: Jam!

But of course, not any jam will do.
The ones you buy contain way too much sugar, most of them contain added flavors and none of them have ever compared to the one and only:

Mama Loca´s Homemade Strawberry Jam


What you need:
1,5 kg Strawberries
0,5 kg Jam Sugar

Strawberries and sugar

What you do:
1. Wash and cut the strawberries
2. Mix strawberries and sugar in a pot
3. Cook the mixture for around three minutes on medium heat
4. Use a blender and blend everything down

If you feel extra fancy, you can add other fruits (raspberries or rhubarb are great) or a vanilla pod to the mixture, just adjust the total amount of fruit and sugar so you always have 3 parts fruit on one part sugar.

Pour the jam into jars (rinsed with boiling water), put on the lid and let it cool down.
That´s it, you are done.

Ah, with one exception: Always remember to lick the spoon. The best part!

No matter how old…

Do you like strawberries?
And have you ever tried cooking your own jam?

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  • I'm craving some strawberry jam now. Thanks Anne! 😀 That last picture is too cute! And no, I've never tried cooking my own jam. But I'm bookmarking this post, just in case I decide to 🙂

  • I never tried making my own jam, because I kinda fail at cooking. I get my jams from a local group of people who grow their own fruit and make jams out of it. Those jams are of course kinda expensive, but it's worth it. I know where the berries I'm eating grew and what's really inside. I know the people who made the jam and if I want to, I could ask them for "More sugar/ less sugar/ Added flavours". But thank you for thise recipe. It sure does sound tasty ♥
    http://letscoba.blogspot.com/

  • I have never tried it before because I'm not the most fantastic cook, but YUM!

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

  • You can't beat homemade jam! Nom nom! And I love the Beatles – not questionable music taste at all 🙂
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Анна-Алина Гевелюк

    Looks so yummy mmmmm ♥

  • It looks yummy! And that last picture of you is absolutely adorable! Do you vacuum seal the jars and put them in the boiling water after to make sure the jam doesn't go bad overtime?

  • Patricia Blaj

    Liking The Beatles is by no means questionable and this recipe is genious! Will definitely try this :3

    Fashionably,

    Patricia

    http://www.wingsforliberty.com/

  • Nothing that you can buy from the supermarket will ever be able to beat a homemade jam!
    I can imagine that adding in a bit of vanilla into the mixture would give quite a nice little extra to the flavour!
    As I'm living rather on the countryside, there are actually quite a lot of strawberry fields around where you can pick your own strawberries which is just so nice 🙂

    http://la-fille-lumineuse.blogspot.de/

  • I love strawberries and The Beatles too! Nothing questionable about it. In fact I name a lot of my photos after Beatles songs lol. 🙂 I think jam is one of the only things I haven't made myself yet. Yours looks great and it seems easy enough. I'm not sure why, but I always assumed it was more work. I might have to give it a try. I bet it would be extra special with that vanilla bean pod. Yum!

  • Maireem Maneje

    Love this post! Strawberry jams are the best <3

    http://www.maireem.blogspot.com

  • I am not a fan of jam well, I'm not a fan of dessert either but my husband LOVES them! He's the one with the sweet tooth in the house so this is a brilliant and easy recipe for me to try. Thank you, Linda!

    ps: I love that last picture of you! You have one of the prettiest eyes I've ever seen!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • That looks so good! I love strawberries (and The Beatles too!), they are probably my favourite thing about summer.

    Kristi
    http://www.beloverly.com

  • omg cooking your own jam sounds fun! i loveeeee strawberries 🙂

    theleeday.com

  • Me too.

  • Strawberries paired with balsamic vinegar and some mint. If it wasn't for Watermelon, I would declare this my favorite meal of all times.

  • Aw, thank you.

    You don't have a sweet tooth? Oh my, I could eat sweets 24/7 all year round. At Casa Loca, my husband is the one for the savory stuff like curries.

  • Have you ever cooked your own jam?

  • I will have to check out your blog to go on the hunt for Beatles references!
    If you use regular sugar to cook the jam, it takes forever and actually IS a lot of work, but this way it is just measuring and a sort time of cooking.

  • I used to go pick my own strawberries when I was way younger, but I´ll have to check if I can find any fields to do this soon with Little Bean.

  • Haha! Nope, I don't have sweet tooth at all and on most days I don't even like ice-creams. People always think that I refuse desserts because I'm on a diet which is not true, I just don't like it. However, I love anything spicy and salty! I love curry and could eat it everyday. LOL!

  • Thank you. Glad to see so many people out there still listen to them.

  • No, we just eat them very fast.
    But joking aside, we put the hot jam in the jars and close them real tight, letting them cool outside, so they kind of seal themselves.

  • Tastes even better than it looks.

  • So many likeminded people out there!
    Which jam is your favorite?

  • Me neither, so I stick to easy recipes. Or, in this case, let my mother do the cooking.

  • That sounds like a great opportunity. Do they sell other stuff, too? Like vegetables and bread and eggs? I just love those kind of small shops.

  • The best part is that my mother does the cooking and I do the eating. Well, most of it. Win-win, I´d say!

  • Mr. Loca loves Curry for breakfast and I majorly dislike anything spicy, so we love eating out for breakfast. That way each can have their one without having to compromise…

  • No, well at least not as far as I know. They seem to be focused on jams 🙂

  • Some serious jam it must be.

  • Nina

    Looks yummy. Love your hair color, Linda. xx

    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

  • Glamoury armory

    What a great recipe! and who does not love strawberries and the Beatles? love it!!

    Glamoury Armory Blog

  • My mum loves making jams but I've never really bothered and I didn't know it was so straight forward!

    Pop over to my blog 🙂

    Sarah

    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com/

  • Strawberry and raspberry are pretty awesome – but if I had to choose I'd plump for marmalade! In love with everything orange 😊

  • I'm not a big fan of jam, so I've never tried making it. My grandma made it every summer when she was alive, because we grow berries in our garden so the ingredients were basically there.
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

  • I love the fruit, but not as marmalade.

  • Homemade jam with homegrown berries? Now that would be perfection!

  • Thank you. The color is called: I haven't had time to do my highlights in over a year, so I´ll just leave it that way…

  • I have never tried making jam but this post makes me want to give it a go now! So much easier than I though 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee

  • If you use the jam sugar, it is so easy to make.

  • Ohhh this post reminded me my childhood! So sweet! I grew up in Russia and there is a tradition that everybody are cooking jam in summer. Both my grannies did it and I helped them out. Ohh how much I miss those times! I feel so nostalgic! I need to make my own jam this year!

    p.s.–Yes, licking the spoon is indeed the best part!

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